Community Tourism

How to Travel Responsibly

How to Travel Responsibly

We’re excited to feature this post from guest blogger Susanna Kelly of Wandering Chocobo, an avid and knowledgeable proponent for responsible travel.

Being a socially responsible traveler used to be difficult. When I changed the way I traveled about five years ago, I felt like a fish swimming upstream. I’m thankful that every year it gets easier to be a responsible traveler as more destinations support this type of travel and ethical tour operators realize the benefit in preserving their environment.

Meet Our Partner: Sustainable Cambodia

Meet Our Partner: Sustainable Cambodia

Anyone who visits Cambodia will quickly learn that you’ll find a non-profit around nearly every corner. Not all are created equally though, and it takes a commitment and resilience along with sound practices and a meaningful vision to truly effect change. That’s why we want to showcase our partner Sustainable Cambodia that we visit each time we cycle through the town of Pursat

In the Know: Surfing in San Juan del Sur

In the Know: Surfing in San Juan del Sur

We picked San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for its tranquility, beauty and – of course – the waves on its many renown surf beaches. Gearing up for our Yoga + Surf retreat in November, we thought we’d go straight to the source on what it’s like in this outdoor adventuresome locale. We asked Alex - our surfing partner and founder of Alvarez custom boards – what our retreat goers can expect. Here’s what he said. 

Meet Our Partner: Alex's Surf Shop Nicaragua

Meet Our Partner: Alex's Surf Shop Nicaragua

One of the tenants of a Traverse Journeys trip is local partnerships. We make every effort to keep our spending in the community because we see it as a cornerstone of making travel sustainable. We are absolutely thrilled to have found Alex’s Surf Shop in San Juan del Sur, and can’t wait for his team to lead our surfing at our Nicaragua Yoga & Surf retreat this fall. We interviewed the founder, Alex, for deeper insight. Read on to learn more about the integral part his work plays in this colorful, lively beach town!

Q&A with Barrio Planta Project

Q&A with Barrio Planta Project

In an earlier post we introduced Barrio Planta Project, our community partner on the Yoga + Surf Nicaragua trip. We had a chance to talk to the founder, Dyani Makous, for a in-depth look at the project and we're so excited to volunteer with them!

Meet our Partner: Barrio Planta Project Nicaragua

Meet our Partner: Barrio Planta Project Nicaragua

When we look for a community partner, there are a few things we know. They need to be part of the local community serving current needs. We want a partner that is cultivating growth in people or the planet (or both!). Barrio Planta Project, a supplementary education program serving kids in the San Juan del Sur community, was our perfect fit for November’s Yoga & Surf trip in Nicaraga

Why Now is the Time for Sustainable Travel

Why Now is the Time for Sustainable Travel

Did you know that tourism accounts for an estimated 9% of global GDP? That is a huge impact! The UN has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Here are their goals (and be sure to check out their video!) and a bit of how Traverse has integrated them into our trips this year.